- Associated Press - Saturday, August 7, 2010

ANDERSON, IND. (AP) - Colts players liked what Roger Goodell told them about the 2012 Super Bowl.

The NFL commissioner expects it to be played as planned in Indianapolis.

As for other discussion topics, well, let’s just say there’s plenty of time to work things out.

Goodell wrapped up his training camp tour Saturday by visiting the Colts at their new site, Anderson University, and was promptly peppered with questions from players about the uncertain labor situation.

“There were lots of questions and I was really happy with what the players asked,” Colts player rep Jeff Saturday said. “We (the NFLPA) tried to get as much information to them as possible, and these guys asked a lot of good tough questions.”

Saturday, a four-time Pro Bowler, did not say how players responded to Goodell, but the commissioner stayed long enough that his scheduled news conference was delayed by about 40 minutes.

A possible work stoppage has become a hot topic around Indianapolis lately. With owners opting out of the collective bargaining agreement, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith fears owners intend to lock out players before the start of next season.

One reason for Smith’s concern is that the television networks will continue to pay the owners next season regardless of whether games are played. Goodell explained that’s not the whole story.

“I hear that, but nobody finishes the sentence,” he said. “The money is obligated by the networks, but if the games are not played, they want the money back.”

Still, concern over a potential lockout could force postponement or cancellation of the league’s championship as has happened in Major League Baseball and the NHL.

And Indy officials, who are preparing for their first Super Bowl, are making contingency plans.

On Monday, team owner Jim Irsay told reporters the city has “some flexibility” to change dates if needed. Super Bowl host committee CEO and president Allison Melangton said NFL officials asked the city to block out all Super Bowl venues and hotel rooms for the weekend of Feb. 5, 2012, the scheduled date, and the following weekend.

Goodell explained earlier this week that the league wanted a second date in case it went to an 18-game schedule, and reiterated Saturday nothing more should be read into it.

“I do believe there will be a Super Bowl in Indianapolis in 2012,” Goodell said as the Colts prepared for Saturday’s mock game. “If not, we’ll work on that. But right now, we’re working toward the game with that idea (being played as scheduled).”

Saturday liked that part.

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